News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

9 October 2013

Four Million People Food Insecure In Madagascar

9 October 2013, Rome – As many as 4 million people in rural areas of Madagascar are food insecure following this year’s reduced harvest. Production of rice – the Indian Ocean island’s staple – and maize has been badly hit by erratic weather and a locust invasion. A further9.6 million people are at risk of food insecurity, say two United Nations agencies.

8 October 2013

The European Union Supports Access to Education in Southern Madagascar

Antananarivo -  The European Union has recently allocated a contribution of around 14 billion Ariary (US$5.96 million) towards the school feeding programme implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Education in the southern region of Madagascar. This funding will allow WFP to continue its food assistance, which had been partially scaled back during the 2012/2013 school year due to a funding shortfall.

8 October 2013

WFP Welcomes Continued Support From United States For School Feeding In Cambodia

Phnom Penh – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Cambodia has welcomed a commitment of US$ 20 million over the next three years for its school feeding programmes from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). >

3 October 2013

Japan And WFP Review Disaster Resilience Building In Southern Bangladesh

DHAKA – The Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh and the Representative of the United Nations World Food Programme today visited Satkhira, Southern Bangladesh, to see the impact of WFP’s programmes to help communities enhance their resilience to natural disasters and the effects of climate change.

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3 October 2013

Vodafone Foundation And WFP Train Frontline Humanitarian Responders

PISA, ITALY –Twenty technical personnel from 20 different relief organizations began the two-week IT Emergency Management Training this week, a course designed to prepare them for leading frontline humanitarian disaster response operations. Funded by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Vodafone Foundation, this is the 10th session of the course bringing the total number of trained personnel to over 200.

2 October 2013

South Africa Contributes ToThe Fight Against Hunger In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

KINSHASA – The Republic of South Africa has announced a contribution of 3 million rand (US$ 290,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist displaced people facing food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

2 October 2013

Nearly One And A Half Million In Need Of Food Assistance At Onset Of Lean Season

LILONGWE – The Government of Malawi along with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners yesterday launched a relief operation to meet a rise in Malawi’s food needs due to bad weather during the growing season and high food prices. The areas of greatest need are more widely spread than last year and include the traditional surplus areas of central and northern Malawi.

1 October 2013

Global Hunger Down, But Millions Still Chronically Hungry

842 million people undernourished in 2011-13. Developing countries make progress but more efforts needed to reach MDG target

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24 September 2013

US Ships More Wheat For WFP Emergency Operations To Feed Syrians In Need

BEIRUT – A ship carrying wheat from the United States of America -- enough to help feed more than 3.5 million Syrians for one month -- has delivered its cargo to the port of Beirut as part of a massive emergency food assistance operation by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). This is the second ship to bring a US wheat contribution to support WFP’s life-saving work in Syria in less than six months.
24 September 2013

WFP And Ministry Of Natural Resources And Environment Renew Commitment To Disaster Preparedness

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) to work together to prepare for and respond to natural disasters in Lao PDR.


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